Preventing Childhood Obesity Starting from Birth

The Ounce oOunceOfPrevention_logof Prevention toolkit was introduced in 2007, updated and expanded to include ages birth to 18 years in 2010, to address the growing epidemic of childhood obesity. This preventive approach was designed to provide simple tools to educate parents about good nutrition and physical activity for their children.

This toolkit includes evidence-based messages as recommended by the Expert Committee within the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Montcalm County Great Start Collaborative adapted this program from the Ohio Department of Health and the Nationwide Children’s Hospital.


Fact Sheet

Parent Tools:

Well-child visit information in addition to healthy serving sizes and snacks are available below.


2 months

4 months

6 months

9 months

12 months

15 months

18 months

24 months

3 years

4 years

5-6 years

7-10 years

Healthy Servings 2-3 years old

Healthy Servings 4-8 years old

Healthy Servings 9-13 years old


Sports Nutrition – Children

Sports Nutrition Athlete

Bones and teeth

 Physician Tools:

Anticipatory Guidance Tip Sheets:

Newborn – 12 months

15 months – 6 years

Using Well Child Visits to Shape the Habits that Shape the Child (PowerPoint Presentation)

Ounce of Prevention Teaching Video for Primary Care Providers: Using Well-Child Visits to Shape the Habits That Shape the Child (high bandwidth video) | (low bandwidth video)

Resources for Managing Pediatric Obesity